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Angels and devils battle it out at Bolivian festival: Señor del Gran Poder [Lord of the Great Power]

I picked this wonderful and colorful Bolivian folklore for today, as a tribute to the celebration of La Paz day! Opinion of Bolivian Thoughts.

Monica Garcia reports for BBC:

Angels and devils battle it out at Bolivian festival

The festival is a fusion between indigenous traditions and Catholicism, as Monica García reports.

The festival of Señor del Gran Poder (Lord of the Great Power) is one of the biggest, most colourful and expensive celebrations in Bolivia.

Celebrated annually at the end of May or the beginning of June in the city of La Paz, it is a fusion of indigenous beliefs and Catholicism.

The festival honours Jesus Christ and his statue is central to the event. It is taken out of the church where it is normally kept and placed on a purpose-built altar in the street. All dancers stop and pray in front of it, often trying to touch its embroidered robes.

Tens of thousands of people take part in the event, with many women wearing the colourful shawls and bowler hats typical of indigenous Aymara attire.

Dancers parade through the streets for hours along a route several kilometres long and the high altitude – the city is 3,500m above sea level – can get even to the hardiest of participants.